It's December, time for many teams to unveil their routines at various preseason showcases and intrasquads and fan events. A few teams went early this year (Nebraska, Oregon State, and Auburn among them), but most of the intrasquads will be happening over the next week or two.
Auburn provided a short highlight video of Jeff Graba telling us about their glorified practice. I'm excited about Auburn this year. They disappointed at Regionals last season, but they're my underdog pick for 2015. I wouldn't be surprised by a top 10 ranking.
Also, Oregon State has taken to calling its team the "Gym Beavers," and it's not OK.
Here's the schedule of upcoming events. Utah always streams the Red Rocks Preview, and Michigan's exhibition will be streamed on BTN2Go if you have access.
Time listed are local because they're basically of no use to you unless you plan on attending, in which case I'm assuming you're in the local time zone. If any of you decide to attend any of these, comments about your impressions are welcome.
Friday, December 5th
6:00 CT - Oklahoma Intrasquad
7:00 ET - Central Michigan Intrasquad
7:00 MT - Southern Utah Red vs. White Intrasquad
Saturday, December 6th
11:00 CT - Iowa Black and Gold Intrasquad
2:00 ET - Kent State @ Pittsburgh Exhibition
Sunday, December 7th
2:00 ET - Eastern Michigan @ Michigan Exhibition
2:00 CT - Illinois Orange and Blue Meet
Thursday, December 11th
Friday, December 12th
7:00 ET - Penn State Blue and White Showcase
7:00 ET - Maryland Red vs. Black Intrasquad
7:00 MT - Utah Red Rocks Preview
Saturday, December 13th
4:00 ET - New Hampshire Meet the Team
6:00 MT - Denver Crimson vs. Gold Intrasquad
Sunday, December 14th
2:00 ET - Georgia Sneak Peek
1:30 PT - San Jose State @ Stanford Exhibition
Monday, December 15th
7:00 PT - Washington Purple and Gold Meet
Wednesday, December 17th
7:00 CT - LSU Gymnastics 101
Saturday, January 3rd (January 3rd?)
4:00 CT - Minnesota Intrasquad
Rounding out some training videos, Utah can always be counted on for a youtube presence, and now we have a few AA performances from recent training.
I could see Georgia Dabritz pulling a Kat Ding and suddenly becoming a beamer her senior year (especially because this is the year where they probably need her there the least), but the most interesting things here are that the Comaneci is in on bars (for now - they're such teases), and the pike full-in has been scrapped for a double arabian on floor. I'm in favor of both these developments.